A cold-hearted crook stole a van from an Illinois funeral home — then dumped a corpse that was in the back more than 100 miles away in a Chicago alley, according to cops.

The vehicle, which had the body of an unidentified man in the back, was stolen on Saturday afternoon from Collins & Stone Funeral Home in the city of Rockford, police said.

The van turned up the next day in Chicago — but without the corpse inside, cops said in an updated alert.

Late Monday — almost a day after the van was found — police said that “the body of the deceased man from the stolen van was located” in South Chicago, a two-hour, 104-mile drive from where it was snatched.

An anonymous 911 call alerted cops to the body, which was dumped in an alley backing several abandoned homes, CBS News Chicago said.

Police in alley after dumped corpse is found.
The body was eventually found dumped in a Chicago alley, around 100 miles from where the funeral-home van was swiped in Rockford.

Police in Chicago alley where dumped corpse was found.
“The heck — they gone stole a body?” said one neighbor who watched police search the alley.


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police tape where dumped corpse wads found in a Chicago alley.
The body was found in an alley next to several abandoned homes a day after the stolen van was located.

Police tape where the dumped body was found in Chicago Monday.
The body was uncovered despite having been in a body bag in the van, CBS News Chicago said.


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It was uncovered, suggesting the crook had removed it from the body bag it had been in, the local outlet said.

“The heck — they gone stole a body?” one shocked neighbor told the outlet, saying she felt “sorry” for relatives of the dumped dead man.


Collins & Stone Funeral Home in Rockford, Illinois.
It’s not clear how the van with the body in the back was stolen from the funeral home in Rockford late Saturday.

It was not immediately clear how the van was swiped, nor if the crook knew that a body likely would be in the back.

However, Rockford police released images of a suspect for the theft, showing a man dressed all in black — including a hoodie — apart from white gloves.

Images of suspect.
Rockford police released images of this suspect.

Images of suspect.
The man is seen dressed all in black, including a hoodie, with the exception of some white gloves.


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Images of suspect.
He is wanted for stealing the van as well as abuse of a corpse for moving the body without authorization, CBS News Chicago said.


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He is wanted for stealing the van as well as abuse of a corpse for moving the body without authorization, the CBS station said.

The funeral home did not return requests for comment, the local station said.





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